Governance

Meet the School’s Governors

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in the school. The Board of Governors appoint the Headteacher and hold the main responsibility for the school’s finance. The governors work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources and are a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher. The governing body sets the aims and objectives for the school and monitors and evaluates the progress the school is making towards achievement of these.

Karen Bilner

Karen Bilner

Headteacher

Adam Clark

Adam Clark

Chair of Governors

Matthew Carney

Matthew Carney

Vice-chair of Governors

Rachelle Jones

Rachelle Jones

Staff Governor

Paula Baker

Paula Baker

Co-opted Governor

Kathryn Jones

Kathryn Jones

Co-opted Governor

Karen Bland

Karen Bland

Loacl Authority Governor

Hilary Cairns

Hilary Cairns

Co-opted Governor

Ben Surtees

Ben Surtees

Parent Governor

Andy Ellingham

Andy Ellingham

Parent Governor

Allie Manley

Allie Manley

Co-opted Governor

Governor Responsibilities

Our governing body is constituted of three Parent Governors, one Local Authority governor, one Staff Governor, one Headteacher and six Co-opted Governors. The full governing body and each of the committees meet at least once per term. In addition each governor has responsibility for monitoring and reporting on an individual subject or school area.

GovernorRoleCommittees
Adam ClarkChair of Governors
Co-opted Governor
Communications & Community (Chair)
Finance
Karen BilnerHeadteacherLearning & Achievement
Finance
Communications & Community
Rachelle JonesStaff GovernorPremises, Health & Safety
Communications & Community
Matthew CarneyVice-chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor
Finance (Chair)
Personnel
Kathryn JonesCo-opted Governor
Link Governor
Learning & Achievement
Communications & Community
Paula BakerCo-opted GovernorLearning & Achievement (Chair)
SEND Governor
Hilary CairnsCo-opted GovernorLearning & Achievement
Safeguarding Governor
Ben SurteesParent GovernorPremises, Health & Safety
Finance Committee
GDPR Governor
Karen BlandLocal Authority GovernorCommunications & Community
Personnel
Learning & Achievement
Andy EllinghamParent GovernorPremises, Health & Safety
Allie ManleyCo-opted GovernorPremises, Health & Safety (Chair)
Kelly MartinAssociate Member (non-voting)Finance Committee
Lisa AllumAssociate Member (non-voting)Premises, Health & Safety Committee

Governor Appointments

The table below shows appointment details of all governors that have served at any point over the past 12 months.

GovernorAppointedAppointed byTerm of Office
Rachelle JonesSept 2014/Nov 2018Staff4 years
Adam ClarkFeb 2015/Nov 2018The Governing Body4 years
Karen BilnerSept 2015 (Headteacher) n/a
Matthew CarneyNov 2015/Jun 2019The Governing Body4 years
Kathryn JonesMar 2016The Governing Body4 years
Paul FountainResigned Jun 2019The Governing Body4 years
Paula BakerMar 2016The Governing Body4 years
Hilary CairnsNov 2016The Governing Body4 years
Richard HalsallResigned Feb 2019The Governing Body4 years
Karen BlandMar 2017The Governing Body4 years
Ben SurteesSept 2017Parents4 years
Andy EllinghamMar 2019Parents4 years
Allie ManleyMar 2019The Governing Body4 years

 

Governor Attendance

/aThe table below shows the attendance of governors at full governing body meetings over the last academic year.

GovernorSummer 2019Spring 2019Autumn 2018
Rachelle Jonespresentabsentpresent
Adam Clarkpresentpresentpresent
Karen Bilnerpresentpresentpresent
Matthew Carneypresentpresentpresent
Kathryn Jonesabsentabsentpresent
Paul Fountainn/apresentpresent
Paula Bakerpresentpresentpresent
Hilary Cairnspresentpresentpresent
Richard Halsalln/an/apresent
Ben Surteespresentpresentpresent
Karen Blandabsentpresentpresent
Andy Ellinghampresentpresentpresent
Allie Manleyabsentpresentpresent

 

Pecuniary Interests

Governors hold an important public office, so in the interests of transparency, the governing body publishes details of pecuniary interests including any governance roles in other educational institutions or any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).

GovernorNameNature of interestAddress of businessNature of business
Adam ClarkGreen Spark Productions LtdDirector and shareholder243 Felixstowe Rd
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP39BN
Event production, media production, audio visual hire & installations
Adam ClarkClare ClarkSpouse – Employed at the School
Ben SurteesSurtees Studios LtdDirector and shareholder2 Burgess Cottages
Pound Hill
Little Dunmow
Dunmow
Essex
CM6 3HW
Software Development
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